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Caribbean Oregano

Caribbean Oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus) may be grown in your vegetable or herb garden or as a potted specimen. The leaves of this succulent herb are fleshy and strongly aromatic. Leaves are often used Caribbean cooking and also as a substitute for sage. The leaves are used medicinally in India as a cure for coughs.

Soil and Water: No special soil requirements are known. Average water needs – do not over water.
Sun: Part sun to shade.
Cold: Will be killed by frost.
Pruning: Pruning will promote branching and can rejuvenate an old lanky plant.
Propagation: Roots easily from cuttings placed in soil.
Pests: None are known.

Harvesting, storage, and preparation: Young leaves have a milder flavor. Using too many leaves could overwhelm the flavor of a dish; when used in moderation the taste pleasant and similar to sage. The flavor is very amenable to beans. The leaves can be used fresh and chopped finely or dried for storage and crumbled. Drying the leaves can take quite a while, especially if they are left attached to the stem.

Caribbean OreganoFlowering Oregano
More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=Plectranthus%20amboinicus

pdf – Caribbean Oregano Information Sheet(to print out)


4 comments to Caribbean Oregano

  • I used to live in St. Thomas, USVI, and we had the best oregano growing by our home. It was a large, all green, fuzzy leaf. I cant seem to find it to grow here in Florida. Any ideas?

  • you can buy cuban or caribbean oregano in many forms on ebay kathy !

  • Shimrit Hanes

    I found cuban oregano plants at Wards. It has grown well, and is a very beautiful and flavorful plant.

  • I have just recently thinned my Tropical/Cuban/Caribbean Oregano and am drying the leaves. I noticed a post from Kathy and would be glad to share a sprig from what I have remaining but alas, her post was from 2013.
    There is a photo on this site of an oregano with a variegated leaf. So beautiful. Where can I get this?
    Charlie

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